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Middle Fork Willamette Trail #3609

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A remote and often primitive trail starting at the headwaters of the Willamette River.


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Map Key

31.4

Miles

50.5

KM

95%

Singletrack

5,347' 1,630 m

High

1,578' 481 m

Low

282' 86 m

Up

4,050' 1,235 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

One of Oakridge's best, this is an all day epic trail similar in profile to the McKenzie River Trail but far more remote and primitive. The trail starts at Timponogas Lake and finishes near Sand Prairie Campground. The upper sections of the trail are quite steep, rocky, and rooty but well worth the effort! This is really a shuttle ride, unless you want to rack in some serious mileage and elevation gain.

Need to Know

Bring lots of food and water. Also there is NO cellphone service, so be prepared.

Description

This trail has a classic river trail profile. It starts steep and technical, gradually rolling out to much more open flowy trail. There are some hike-a-bike sections through the middle. This trail is well signed, but there are a few jogs on gravel roads where you'll have to look for the turns.

You'll see all sorts of different environs along this ride: high country old-growth, recently burned areas, to lush green, to oak savannah. You'll also encounter other trail users like hikers, trail runners, and equestrian riders.

It's possible to ride this trail in sections, each of them range from 5-8 miles, however it is best ridden as an all-day point-to-point ride. Park or get shuttled to the top, and have a vehicle waiting for you at the bottom.

History & Background

Designated as a National Recreation Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Oakridge GOATS

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 10 votes

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Photos

Narrow log bridges are just part of the unique flavor you'll find on the Middle Fork Willamette Trail. Photo credit: Shawn Litson.
Jun 28, 2017 near Oakridge, OR
This meadow near Sacandaga Campground makes a great spot to take a break. Photo Credit: Shawn Litson.
Jun 28, 2017 near Oakridge, OR
River trail riding at its finest. Photo credit: Shawn Litson.
Jun 28, 2017 near Oakridge, OR
Sometimes you get a bridge, and sometimes you ride right through. Photo credit: Shawn Litson.
Jun 28, 2017 near Oakridge, OR

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Jun 22, 2019
Cycling Escapes
15mi — 2h 30m
Aug 10, 2018
Matt Chan
Sep 23, 2017
Andy Logan
I rode the section between bridges 2127 and 2131. trail was in good shape except for the log bridge over a narrow portion. It has taken some damage... 10mi
Aug 29, 2017
scott thompson
Jul 14, 2017
Erin Kessler
Top section has a few downed trees and lots of sticks on trail. Overgrown brush. Lower Middle Fork is brushed and clean. Dry and mostly dusty
May 4, 2017
Kevin Madden
Rode downstream stretch of trail from 2133 bridge to 2127 bridge. Great condition; almost no mud & no trees on the route. One 2-ft deep pool crossing. 5mi — 1h 15m
Jul 26, 2016
Leslie Kehmeier
May 27, 2016
Daniel Grillo
Lots of Blowdown